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Digital Seminar

Emotional Support Animals: Ethical, Legal and Practical Issues to Consider Before Proving an ESA Letter

Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT
Approx. 3 Hours
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Jun 23, 2021
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Do you feel uncomfortable and unsure how to respond when clients ask you to write a letter certifying their pet as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

Do you worry that some clients are simply looking to bring their pets into situations where they wouldn’t normally be allowed? Or fear it’s not even within your scope of practice to determine whether an animal has a therapeutic effect on your clients?

Requests for ESA letters are surging, but guidelines, protocols and available education for therapists isn’t keeping up. How can you ensure that you’re considering the right legal, ethical and practical issues before writing one?

Diana Sebzda, LPC has been a licensed counselor for over 16 years and spent 15 years as a veterinary technician. Using her unique insight as both a mental health and animal care professional, she’s guided many individuals through the use of service animals and emotional support animals.

Watch her for this timely 3-hour training and get the latest details and guidance you need so you can:

  • Fully understand the therapeutic role in assessing and issuing a diagnosis
  • Identify clinical issues related to ESAs you may have missed
  • Know when you shouldn’t issue an ESA
  • Get up to speed on new transportation/airline laws regarding ESAs
  • Recognize key components of legal and ethical ESA letter by reviewing samples

Don’t miss this chance to get the answers you’ve been seeking on one of the fastest growing questions facing clinicians today!

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT Related seminars and products

Dian Sebzda, LPC, FT, is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center where she provides both individual counseling and support groups for those coping with grief, anticipatory grief, and pet loss.

In addition to 17 years of grief counseling experience, Diana also has over 15 years of experience as a veterinary technician where she's witnessed the impacts of pet loss first hand.

Diana has been published in Healthy Pet Magazine and is a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (where she is co-chair of their Pet Loss Networking Group). She is also a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Diana earned her M.A. degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from William Patterson University.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Diana Sebzda is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Diana Sebzda is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey; the American Counseling Association; and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Investigate potential ethical and legal conflicts that exist when a mental health professional is certifying the need for an Emotional Support Animal.
  2. Use emerging best practices and guidelines for assessing and documenting ESA need for clients.
  3. Analyze key elements of an ESA letter in order to properly formulate one if needed.


Emotional Support Animal (ESA) vs. Service Animal (SA)

Differences regarding landlords, airlines, owners and animals

Typical reasons for requests

Therapeutic role and issuing a diagnosis

Ethical and legal issues to be aware of from a clinician’s viewpoint

Stance of ADA, ACA, APA regarding use of these animals

Review of an ESA letter

New transportation/airline laws regarding ESAs

Research, risks and treatment limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners


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